Program Overview: 

The Flathead Rapids Columbia Falls Rec League is a local soccer program for all ability levels.  Come join the Rapids for the 2017 Columbia Falls Rec season! All details below:

Season Dates: August 28th – Oct 21st

Registration Deadline: August 20th

Ages 5-14

(Many families ask if their 4 year old can play.  We tell everyone, if they’re willing and able to play then we’d love to get them involved.  Some youth players are ready at 4 years old and some are not.  You know your child and if they’re ready to go, let’s get them out there!)

  • 6-7 Week Program
  • Beginners always welcome
  • Volunteer Parent Coaches
  • 1-2 Practices Per Week
  • 1 Game Per Week
  • First Games September 9th
  • All games will be played on Saturday mornings
  • Practices will be held in Columbia Falls at either Ruder Elementary, Glacier Gateway Elementary, or Horine Park.
  • Birth year groups 2010-2012 will be held at Glacier Gateway Elementary
  • Birth year groups 2008-2009 will play games at Horine Park
  • Birth year groups 2003-2007 play games in either Columbia Falls, Kalispell, Polson, Bigfork, or Whitefish. (Home games for 2003-2004 will play at CF High School field and 2005-2007 will play at Horine Park.
  • Coaches are guided by the Rapids Rec Development plan, which consists of a progressive developmental model, with training session supplied to our volunteer coaches.  
  • The goal is to have fun, learn the game, and play some soccer!




10% discount for each additional family member in the same program

* Columbia Falls Rec soccer is $35/player less than Whitefish Rec soccer, since players are charged $35/player for the use of Smith Fields Sports Complex, in Whitefish.  The City of Columbia Falls, along with Glacier Gateway Elementary, graciously allow the Columbia Falls youth to use their fields to operate the league.  

Jerseys: If you already have a jersey from last year and it still fits, you may re-use it this season.  If you’ve outgrown your jersey, or want an additional one, you have an option to purchase a new one through the registration process for $10.  Players with birth years from 2008-20012 will use reversible jerseys. Those with birth years from 2003-2007  will have different jerseys (White for Columbia Falls, Black for Whitefish).   2007 is the birth year when the shirts change, so players who have had reversible jerseys in the past will need a new jersey if they are in the 2003-2007 birth year group.  Jerseys will be distributed at the start of the season.  

Registration Dead-Line: July 31st!

$20 late fee for registering after July 31st

*Late registration are not guaranteed a jersey by the start of the season! These take a long time to order, and we make our best guess, but please be advised there is a chance the jersey will not arrive until after the first game has been played! Register ASAP!

Registration CLOSED August 20th

* Late registrations can cause a huge amount of disorganization and cause the whole league to suffer.  Please try to register before July 31st.

Coaches Needed

 Each Fall season, we struggle to find coaches for all of our teams.  We require a large volunteer coaching staff because of our need to have a healthy amount of players per team.  If we overload our rosters, we can’t provide our players with an adequate amount of playing time in games.  If you are on the fence about coaching, please step-up.  We have excellent resources and support for our volunteer coaches, including weekly practice plans and a beginning of the year coaching clinic.  If you’ve never played or don’t know the game….that’s OK! we can give you the tools to introduce and develop these new youth players.   It usually ends up being a great experience for new coaches and find it very rewarding at the end of the season.  If you would like to coach, please contact:



Ryan Heflin: Executive Director






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Looking forward to an excellent 2017 Fall Season!

Thanks for your support!

Go Rapids!